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Vietnamese Chicken Salad

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For a healthy summer meal, this Vietnamese Chicken Salad is bright with Asian flavors and loaded with crisp, fresh vegetables.

An Asian Chicken Salad Recipe is not a dull diet recipe, but instead an entree focused on light, nutritious ingredients that happen to be delicious!

Vietnamese Chicken Salad in a white serving bowl

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

I was elated to see that September’s Salad Bar theme was Asian Salads. I adore noodle or cabbage salads with soy sauce, sesame oil and even peanut butter. I was contemplating which type to create when this Saveur recipe  for Vietnamese Chicken Salad appeared in my inbox. Loads of shredded veggies and chicken were dressed with lime juice, fish oil, rice wine vinegar and canola oil. It was intriguing and I knew I had to test it out.

Overhead view of Vietnamese Chicken Salad in a white triangular serving bowl

Tips for Making this Asian Chicken Salad Recipe

When I gathered with my sisters a few years ago, we made a Vietnamese Noodle Bowl with quite similar ingredients. This Vietnamese Chicken Salad is heavier on the veggies and sans noodles. Perfect for my lunches during the week. And I could easily make it my dinner, too, but the picky fellow I live with likes his meat and potatoes, rib-sticking type dinners.  

Using shredded rotisserie chicken or leftovers makes for speedier prep.  Chock full of veggies, chock full of flavor! Shake up this Asian Chicken Salad with your favorites. I’d up the bell peppers, add sugar snap or snow peas…the sky’s the limit.  There’s no excuse not to add this healthy entree salad to your menu!

Vietnamese chicken salad in a white bowl

The Recipe: Vietnamese Chicken Salad

A veggie packed chicken salad with an Asian flair!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 2 jalapenos, minced or sliced very thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (I used a sweet Vidalia onion)
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Chopped mint, for garnish


  1. MInce or slice jalapenos (I wear disposable gloves Add garlic, sugar, rice wine vinegar, lime
  2. juice, fish sauce, oil, and onion. Mix till sugar dissolves. Add shredded chicken, shredded white cabbage, red bell pepper,and carrots.. Season with freshly ground black pepper, mix, and garnish with cilantro and mint if desired.

Total time: 15 minutes


Adapted from Saveur

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 1136mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 19g


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38 comments on “Vietnamese Chicken Salad”

  1. A stunning display for your salad. I love all of the flavor combinations

  2. Sounds delish, Liz. And I love your pretty salad bowl. So cute!

  3. This looks fabulous, Liz…thank you for sharing! It’s still in the low 90s here, so we’ll be eating main dish salads for a few more weeks in Texas. This will be on our dinner menu very soon!

  4. I love Asian salads too, they are so refreshing. Love the jalapenos in here! Pinning!

  5. You’re right. No excuse. Looks delicious!

  6. This looks delicious! I love Asian salads, fresh lime juice makes the salad more refreshing!

  7. I want to try the asian flavors in a coleslaw and this salad has the right dressing! With chicken it’s the perfect lunch Liz.

  8. A very colorful and tasty salad! Happy Weekend:@)

  9. I love Vietnamese salad. It’s a favorite on a hot day. I’ve got lots of different kind of mint and I use it in the salad as well as a garnish.

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